Family Promise is a beautiful service model that is being duplicated in communities all over the country where churches choose to share their facilities with homeless families from their community. The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) provide safe lodging, meals and most of all encouragement to families while they are going through a very difficult situation.
Currently, there are over 200 Interfaith Hospitality Networks operating in 39 states and the District of Columbia, in large cities, suburbs, and rural counties. They mobilize community resources: houses of worship for lodging, congregations for volunteers, social service agencies for assessment and referrals, and existing facilities for day programs. This strategy enables networks to help homeless families achieve lasting independence at a third of the cost of traditional shelters.
in 2003, our name changed to reflect our broad range of programs and our vision of ending family homelessness. The name refers to the promise, in the sense of commitment, which communities make to families in need. But it also refers to the promise, the potential, inherent in every family.
Family Promise has come to represent not just the programs that touch the lives of more than 93,000 people in need annually and engage more than 200,000 volunteers. It represents a national movement that believes we can address family homelessness—right here in our own communities.